Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Genevan meeting of Armenian and Azeri FMs was arduous

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ PACE PA President Goran Lennmarker’s statement on the possibility of signing of an agreement on Karabakh between Armenia and Azerbaijan upon completion of the Armenian parliamentary election coincides with Yerevan’s stance, RA Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian said in response to a PanARMENIAN.Net reporter’s question in IA Regnum’s press center today. However, the latest meeting of the FMs in Geneva doesn’t offer ground for such optimism. “The Genevan meeting was an extra proof of availability of contradictions that are hard for us to alleviate. Although the meeting was arduous we agreed to meet in April again. If we manage to come to an agreement it will be possible to speak of a presidential meeting then. Certainly, the meeting will take place after the parliamentary election in Armenia,” the Minister said.

The Armenian Minister also noted that Armenia’s position is unchangeable: Nagorno Karabakh’s status should be determined through a referendum to be held among the NKR population. As to the Kosovo settlement sample, Oskanian said that various approaches should be taken to various conflicts. “Nevertheless, if the international community recognizes Kosovo’s independence, it will have a positive impact on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement. If not, we will continue talks for a solution admissible for the population of Nagorno Karabakh,” he said.

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